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Montezuma's treasure is a legendary buried treasure said to be located in the Casa Grande ruins or elsewhere in the southwest United States and Mexico. The legend is one of many treasure stories in American folklore. Thomas Penfield wrote, "There is not the slimmest thread of reality in this story which is common throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States. There are some puzzling aspects but the story, nevertheless, adds up to pure legend."
One story tells of the 1520 imprisonment of Montezuma by Spanish conquistadors. With the conquistadors demanding a ransom in gold, runners were dispatched to warn tribes to hide their treasures. A labyrinth found in modern times at the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument led to speculation that it might be home to some of the fabled treasure. Extensive excavation of the area, however, has turned up nothing to support the claim.
According to John Mitchell, in 1847, during the Mexican American War, a Mexican aristocrat named Don Joaquin enslaved the local Apaches to dig for gold in the Sierra Estrellas. But later, as the United States Army entered the mountains, the Apache rose up against the Mexicans who had to hide their gold in a canyon near Montezuma's Head. Most of the Mexicans were killed but at least one man survived and later went back to the mountains in the 1880s with a treasure map to find the gold. However, the Apache still controlled the area and the Mexican man never found the lost treasure.
In March 1981, a construction worker in Mexico City discovered a four pound chunk of gold molded to fit inside the armor of a conquistador. His boss handed over the piece, valued at $32,000, to National Institute of Anthropology. Reports at the time linked the find to Montezuma's Treasure.
- ^ a b c Penfield, Thomas, 2004. "Dig Here!: Lost Mines & Buried Treasure of the Southwest". pp 68-70.
- ^ Mitchell, pg. 27-31
- ^ "Jack Jebb's Strange Career.". Bay Of Plenty Times (Papers Past) XXI (3283): p. 7. 28 June 1895. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=BOPT18950628.2.43. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- ^ "INTERESTING EXTRACTS.". Tuapeka Times (Papers Past) XXVII (4174): p. 5. 30 January 1895. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=TT1895018.104.22.168. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- ^ "Gold chunk believed Montezuma's". Bangor Daily News (Mexico City: Google News Archive): p. 10. Mar 27, 1981. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lBM0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=oyMIAAAAIBAJ&pg=2468,4023161&dq=montezuma%27s-treasure&hl=en. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- Mitchell, D. John. Lost Mines and Buried Treasures along the Old Frontier.
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